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U.S. Grants Virginia $7.6M to Assist Low-Performing Schools

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File photo of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. (credit: Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced a grant totaling $7.6 million to help Virginia turn around some of its lowest-achieving schools.

The so-called school improvement grants are aimed at assisting sch

ool districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds, as well as a commitment to raise student achievement.

Duncan said the funding represents a “tremendous opportunity” for persistently struggling schools to provide a better education for their students.

Virginia is among six states and the District of Columbia that are receiving grants. The grants total $38 million.

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